Practising Hot Flow Yoga?
A very popular choice of physical yoga practice.
Hot flow yoga is a great way to exercise, aiding the ability to stretch, expanding lung capacity, increasing blood flow and contributing to endurance of the mind.
In this class the room is heated to between 30-35 degrees. As soon as you open the door, your are welcomed by a comforting wall of heat – perfect for winter months! The heat seems to be a little overwhelming at the start of class, but before too long the body regulates and softens. And eventually an abundance of luscious sweat begins to cover the body!
Why the heat? There are plenty of examples of people using heat in order to create transformative, healing environments. In fact, Ayurveda makes use of steam baths to induce sweating, both for general health maintenance and to treat colds and flus.
What is the best way to practice?
You want to make sure that you are well hydrated before coming to class – drink plenty of water during the day. You may also wish to have a bottle of water with you during class, but only drink in small sips.
Start the class slowly until your body adjusts to the heat. Breath deeply and evenly to keep the heart rate lower and consistent.
If you need to take breaks, that is completely fine. And always remember to bring a towel!
Hot Flow in my practice.
The best way to incorporate hot yoga in your practice is to balance it with some ‘yin yoga’ and meditation. For the body and mind it is important to learn how to find calm and stillness within, which is a big focus in these class. Often we are attracted to the face paced, challenging movements – which is great – but without an inner awareness, we may cause ourselves unnecessary injuries.